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Edward D. Wood Jr.

Highest Rated:   67% Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
Lowest Rated:   0% Orgy of the Dead (1965)
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Birthplace:   Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
One of the strangest men to ever occupy the director's chair in Hollywood, Edward D. Wood Jr. was a denizen of the netherside of the film capital. After arriving in Hollywood as an actor, Wood moved around Poverty Row for a few years, picking up odd assignments, and emerged as a writer-director in the mid 1950s in a series of low-budget movies focusing on crime, sexual deviance, transvestism, flying saucers, atomic radiation, and the occult. Wood admitted that the transvestism was autobiographical, but how involved he was with any of the other subjects is an open question. Glen Or Glenda (1953) was his most personal film, an ineptly written and directed, but sincere, plea for an understanding of transvestism that presented Bela Lugosi in an incomprehensible featured role and Wood himself (and his wife) as the main subject of the film. Other films, including The Sinister Urge (1960), a cautionary tale about the effects of pornography, and Bride of the Monster (1956) followed, but Wood's immortality as a filmmaker was established with Plan Nine From Outer Space (1956), a bizarre but utterly entertaining story of grave robbers from deep space, featuring ludicrous dialogue, non-existent special effects, and some of the worst acting ever to grace a feature film, all pulled together in an utterly inept but ultimately near-hypnotic manner by Wood. His follow-up film, Night Of The Ghouls (1959), remained in the lab for 23 years because Wood couldn't pay the processing bill. During the '60s and '70s he moved on the periphery of Hollywood, supporting himself by grinding out pornographic novels, among other works. He died in 1978, just two years before a loving public rediscovered him and Plan Nine From Outer Space, which has since acquired a cult following akin to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He would, no doubt, be pleased, amused, and amazed by the international following and recognition he has achieved in the decades since.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Take It Out In Trade
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2014
No Score Yet RiffTrax: Plan 9 from Outer Space: LIVE! Nashville 2009
  • Director
2009
No Score Yet The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr.
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Meat Cleaver Massacre
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Fugitive Girls
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet The Double Garden (The Devil Garden) (The Revenge of Dr. X) (Venus Flytrap)
  • Screenwriter
1970
No Score Yet The Snow Bunnies
  • Screenwriter
1970
0% Orgy of the Dead
  • Screenwriter
1965
No Score Yet The Sinister Urge
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1960
67% Plan 9 from Outer Space
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1959
30% Night of the Ghouls
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1959
No Score Yet The Bride and the Beast
  • Screenwriter
1958
No Score Yet The Violent Years
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1956
45% Bride of the Monster
  • Producer
  • Director
1955
29% Jail Bait
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1954
35% Glen or Glenda?
  • Glen/Glenda
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1953
55% The Devil Bat
  • Director
1940

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